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Overview


Background 
Register of Electors
Check Online Register of Electors
Information for Voters with Disabilities
Ireland's PR-STV Electoral System
Election Posters 
Contact Details


Background


The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government is responsible for the various legislative codes dealing with the registration of electors and the conduct of elections and referendums. This involves an ongoing review of electoral law, review of constituencies and local electoral areas, the provision of information and advice to registration authorities, returning officers and the general public together with the publication of election results.

Please note that the information leaflets available in PDF format at the right-hand side of the screen under Publications and Documents are intended as a practical guide and are not a definitive interpretation of electoral law. For more detailed information you should consult the relevant constitutional and legislative provisions relating to electoral law, available on the Irish Statute Book website (external link)



Register of Electors

 

In order to be able to vote at an election or referendum, a person's name must be entered on the register of electors for the locality in which the elector ordinarily resides. Registration authorities (county and city councils) are required by law to prepare and publish a register of electors every year. The register comes into force on 15th February and is used at each election and referendum held in the succeeding 12 months.

Further information is available in the information leaflet Register of Electors (pdf, 177kb) (also available in a number of languages on the right hand side of your screen) or on the citizens information website (external link)


Check Online Register of Electors

You can check if you are registered by going to the Check the Register website (external link)


Information for Voters with Disabilities

There are a variety of special arrangements in place to assist those with certain disabilities to exercise their right to vote. These include:

  • voting at an alternative polling station if the local station is inaccessible
  • postal voting
  • assistance in voting at the polling station by a companion or the presiding officer
  • vote at a hospital, nursing home or similar institution if you reside there and cannot go to polling station

Further information is available in the information leaflet - Information for People with Disabilities (pdf, 124kb) or on the citizens information website (external link)

 

Ireland's PR-STV Electoral System

 

Voting at Presidential, Dáil, Seanad, European and local elections is by secret ballot on the principle of proportional representation in multi seat constituencies (Ireland is a single constituency at a Presidential election), each voter having a single transferable vote. Further information is available in the information leaflet - Guide to Ireland's PR-STV System (pdf, 99kb).



Contact Details

 

Franchise Section,
Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government,
Room 1.67
Custom House
Dublin 1.

Telephone: +353 (0)1 888 2424
Locall:1890 202021
(Note that the rates charged for the use of 1890(LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers)
Fax: +353 (0)1 888 2690

e-mail franchise@environ.ie

 

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